The Silence of the Sea

by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Part of the Thora Gudmundsdottir Series

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LoveReading View on The Silence of the Sea

A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

In Iceland, Sigurdardottir is crime royalty, alongside Arnuldur Indridason and her series featuring local lawyer Thora Gudmundsdottir has always been a personal delight. Offsetting the sometimes grim northern landscape with meticulous sleuthing, she brings a new, unique dimension to the genre. When a luxury yacht arrives in Reyjkavik harbour with no passengers left onboard, Marie Celeste-like, Thora is recruited by a relative to solve the mysterious case. As usual this is just the beginning and an inevitable trail of bodies soon has Thora dashing in all directions. Chilling, spooky and at times gruesome, Sigurdardottir's books (she also writes the occasional horror tome) are compulsive page-turners and prove fascinating eye-openers into the complexities of Icelandic life and its bleak exoticism.

 

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

In Iceland grandparents and a young child go to the port to meet a yacht with the girl’s family on board (parents and twin sister). The yacht smashes into the quay empty. So begins this terrific thriller. In alternating chapters of the yacht with seven people on board coming across from Lisbon and arriving empty and the police investigation in Iceland we, the reader, are drip-fed the mystery with our hearts in our mouths. The crew and passengers have simply disappeared. It’s creepy, chilling, compulsive and very, very good. I so dreaded being fobbed off at the end but no, the outcome was completely feasible and very satisfying. Do read it.

Maxim Jakubowski

The Silence of the Sea Synopsis

The most chilling novel yet from Yrsa Sigurdardottir, an international bestseller at the height of her powers. 'Mummy dead.' The child's pure treble was uncomfortably clear. It was the last thing Brynjar - and doubtless the others - wanted to hear at that moment. 'Daddy dead.' It got worse. 'Adda dead. Bygga dead.' The child sighed and clutched her grandmother's leg. 'All dead.' A luxury yacht arrives in Reykjavik harbour with nobody on board. What has happened to the crew, and to the family who were on board when it left Lisbon? Thora Gudmundsdottir is hired by the young father's parents to investigate, and is soon drawn deeper into the mystery. What should she make of the rumours saying that the vessel was cursed, especially given that when she boards the yacht she thinks she sees one of the missing twins? Where is Karitas, the glamorous young wife of the yacht's former owner? And whose is the body that has washed up further along the shore?

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The Silence of the Sea Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Lynne Morgan - 'written in a very modern way though, which I found quite refreshing and unique, and the plot itself was very distinctive.' Read full review >
  • Iris Clements - 'I was kept in suspense throughout and didn’t want it to end.' Read full review >
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'When I first started reading this book, I told my friend that it was hard going.  Can't believe that was 3 days ago – I have just turned the last page and am gutted it is all over!' Read full review >
  • Sarah Webb - 'A real page turner.' Read full review >
  • Emma Barton - 'This Icelandic thriller is a real page turner that keeps you guessing until the final chapter.' Read full review >
  • Lisa Lamb - 'An absolute must ready - a creepy, atmospheric mystery which kept me reading way into the wee small hours.' Read full review >
  • Suzanne - 'A tightly plotted thriller that kept you hooked with a steady stream of clues and misdirection.' Read full review >
  • Sarah Musk - 'A truly gripping, scary thriller set on board a luxurious yacht.  The suspense is unbearable - I was almost scared to continue reading at times.' Read full review >
  • Megan Williams - 'I am certain that the ending won’t fail to surprise even the most imaginative of the novel’s readers...a true page turner that will undoubtedly make you uncomfortable in your seat.' Read full review >
  • Les Warriner - 'A beautifully crafted mystery that captures the imagination from the first page to the last.' Read full review >
  • Emma Smith - 'A slow paced ghostly thriller.' Read full review >
  • Fiona Rothery - 'I enjoyed this thriller and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery and detective story.' Read full review >
  • Gill Wilmott - 'There are a lot of twists and turns that keep you wanting to read on, with a very dramatic one that gives the final solution.' Read full review >
  • Neil Beattie - 'A great book with twists aplenty and an ending to keep you guessing.' Read full review >
  • Jocelyn Garvey - 'A cracking Mystery thriller. A great read full of unexpected twists and turns. Worth every second you spend with it. My nomination for every thriller prize of the year.' Read full review >
  • Gavin Dimmock - 'A fab read, intelligently written and well paced. A cracker.' Read full review >

The Silence of the Sea Press Reviews

'Yrsa Sigurdardottir is ensconced at or near the summit of Nordic crime writing, and the lawyer Thora Gudmundsdottir is an appealing heroine full of real-life problems.' -- Marcel Berlins The Times

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ISBN: 9781444734461
Publication date: 27/02/2014
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444734461
Publication date: 27th February 2014
Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Yrsa Sigurdardottir works as a civil engineer and lives in Reykjavik. She wrote prize-winning children's novels before writing Last Rituals, her first adult novel.   Author Photo © Author Photo © Atli Már Hafsteinsson

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